Beauty, Skincare

Help Your Skin Glow This Fall With Products by Hada Labo Tokyo, Taut, Amarte and Intraceuticals

When the weather gets colder, it is so important to really take care of the skin before it becomes dry and dull.

There aer so many different types of products that you can use to help the skin glow. I have been sent the products below to review for my honest opinion.  These products run the gamut from cleansers, moisturizers, eye gels, masks and even a collagen drink.

Use one or combine them for perfect, glowing skin!

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser
Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser ($49 1.69 fl. oz. USD) A gently foaming cleanser to thoroughly cleanse, lift away impurities and leave skin soft, clean and bright.

What I think:  This cleanser is very gentle on the skin.  Lots of cleansers leave my sensitive skin red, but this does not.  It also doesn’t dry my skin out after use.

Purchase at www.intraceuticals.com/us/products

Amarte Wonder Cream
Amarte Wonder Cream

Amarte Wonder Cream ($79  2.7 fl. oz) — A refined skin treatment used to restore and nourish precious, delicate skin. Retinol and nutrient-rich, the advanced Korean formula therapeutically and gently diminishes freckles and sunspots, reduces lines and wrinkles and lovingly exfoliates for a supple, translucent complexion. Formulated with unique ingredients like caviar extract, pearl powder, and mushroom emollient, Wonder Cream revitalizes the skin with minerals and protects against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.

What I think: I like to use this moisturizer at night after a serum.  It is a great overnight treatment.  It can also be used in the day time before SPF.  This is very gentle on the skin and really makes skin look bright.

Available at www.amarteskincare.com

Hada Lado Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18
Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18 ($17.99 USD 1.7 fl. oz) —
Combines broad spectrum sunscreen with Super Hyaluronic Acid™ to replenish moisture and protect skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure. Helps strengthen skin’s resistance to signs of premature aging. Gentle formula leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth and protected.

What I think:  This is an excellent day moisturizer.  It has sunscreen built in, eliminating a step in your skin care routine.  Asian skincare is hot right now, and this one is very affordable!

Learn more at and purchase at www.ulta.com

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel ($125 USD) An ultra concentrated gel hydrator with double the concentration of hyaluronic acid, specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. Ultimate hydration and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

What I think: I usually use eye creams, so this gel is a nice change of pace.  It instantly cools and hydrates my eye area. After use for a few days, I noticed that the skin under my eyes looked smoother and a lot less puffy.  I am hoping with use over time, it will help with my dark circles.

Available at www.intraceuticals.com/us/products

Taut Collagen Mask
Taut Collagen Mask

Taut Collagen Mask ($50 for 5 masks) — LAC Taut Collagen Mask is a luxurious, high-intensity facial mask that helps revitalize skin.  Achieving a smooth, moist and radiant complexion has never been easier.

Manufactured in Japan, this mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin. With a unique blend of hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, this intensive mask penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion.

What I think: This is a very hydrating mask.  I put it on a day that I wasn’t wearing makeup and it left my skin soft, but a little sticky at first. It took about an hour for the serum on the mask to really sink in.  I suggest use at night.

Available for purchase at www.renewalliance.com/store.

Single_bottle

Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula ($110 for 8 bottles) –Unique and powerful liquid collagen beauty formula from Japan to improve skin elasticity, firmness and hydration.  Each 1.7 fl oz contains the highest concentration – 13 grams – RDS* (Rapid Delivery System) premium Type(I) hydrolyzed marine collagen infused with anti-aging ingredients to restore your skin’s natural radiance and help reduce the signs of aging.

What I think:  I have recently taken my first bottle of this.  I took it at night and have been directed to take one a night for 8 nights.  The taste is a pleasant orange flavor.  If I do see results from this in a few weeks, I will report back.  This is also supposed to help with health and growth of hair and nails!

Available for purchase at www.renewalliance.com/store.

Enjoy!

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anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

The Anti-Aging Skincare That I Have Been Using and Loving Lately!

My skin type is sensitive, combination and aging.  I like to try all different types of products to perfect my skin (not an easy thing to do).

Below is a bunch of great products that I have been sent to review and that I really like.  I have a lot to cover, so read on!

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser

Bioré Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser ($7.99 USD) — This warming cleanser pampers skin as it whisks away buildup and oil. The powerful daily line of defense against clogged, congested pores contains Zeolite, a special mineral clay that warms on contact with water, and Salicylic acid, a powerful yet gentle ingredient that penetrates pores to help fight breakouts by dissolving clogged oil.

What I think:  I do have blackheads around and on my nose. So when I first tried this I squirted a little on my Clarisonic, then scrubbed around my nose area.  It really cleaned out those pores!  It does heat up quite a lot (my teen daughter equated it to stepping in a hot shower), so be aware.  But, it is a great pore cleaner.  I suggest to use it 2-3 times a week.

Available at mass market retailers near you.  Also, visit www.biore.com to learn more.

Intraceuticals Collagen Booster

Customise your skincare. Focus your results with our NEW Intraceuticals+ Boosters ($49 USD Each).  These are four powerful, targeted additives to use alone or combine with Daily Serum as revive, the first step in 3 step hyaluronic layering. The different boosters are:

Collagen + Booster — Restore, Tighten, Volume

Vitamin C+3 Booster — Smooth, Brighten, Strengthen

Antioxident + Booster — Detox, Revitalise, Balance

Vitamin A + Booster — Regenerate, Clarify, Refine

What I think:  These Boosters are great either with or without being mixed with a serum.  They are perfect when you have a targeted skin need.  I especially love the Collagen one to tighten my skin and the Vitamin C+3 one to brighten my skin tone.  Great skin treatments.  Purchase at www.intraceuticals.com.

AVON ANEW CLINICAL Pro Line Eraser Treatment

Introducing Avon Anew Clinical Pro Line Eraser with patented A-F33 (Amino-Fill 33) ($39.99 USD)—the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade! A-F33 works unlike potent anti-agers AHA, retinol, injectable collagen. The look of deep wrinkles begin to fade in just one week. 100% of women showed visible improvement in fine wrinkles in 2 weeks. Over time, 27% improvement in the appearance of fine and deep wrinkles. Designed to work with any ANEW skin care regimen to help optimize results. TO USE: In AM and PM, apply to cleansed face and neck avoiding the eye area. Follow with ANEW moisturizer.

What I think: This is a wonderful — and affordable — anti-aging serum! I love how potent it is, but also it is quite gentle and soothing.  It is designed to work with ANEW skincare, but I have found it is working with all of the fab products that I have been using. I have notices that is smooths my skin and has helped even out the tone and the wrinkles around my eyes.  I have tried a LOT of expensive skincare and do believe that this is as good as any of the luxury serums I have tried.

Purchase at www.shopavon.com.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Peel ($16.99 USD). I received this free from BzzAgent to try (www.bzzagent.com to sign up!).  Apply Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel every night, and leave it on all night. Your skin will absorb the lightweight formula for almost immediate results:

  • Overnight: See smoother, hydrated skin
  • In 1 week: See brighter skin
  • In 4 weeks: Spots and imperfections are significantly reduced

Created with Garnier’s innovative Glycolic Vitamin C Complex, the leave-on peel gently speeds exfoliation to fade spots and reveal smoother, brighter and remarkably more even-toned skin.

What I think:  I like the ease of this affordable overnight peel.  Just smooth on clean skin and leave on overnight.  No rinsing needed.  It is a little irritating on my sensitive skin, so I don’t use it every night.  Just a couple of days a week.  I have noticed that my spots are a little lighter and I am sure they will improve the more I use it.

Available at mass market retailers near you and learn more at www.garnier.com

Mineral Fusion Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer

Mattifying Oil Control Facial Moisturizer ($18 USD) — Lightweight moisturizer that helps control excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish while delivering skin perfecting, natural age-defense. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc stimulate skin cells’ production of energy, which encourages new cell creation for revitalized, younger-looking skin. These minerals also provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals.

Application of this clinically-tested, anti-wrinkle peptide promotes collagen production, which firms the skin by strengthening structural support within cells. Regular use results in visibly smoother, more supple skin. Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, articial colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think:  I like using this moisturizer in the morning because it is oil-free and keeps my skin matte and soft all day.  It also has a very nice scent.  I love that it includes minerals and is actually good for my skin!

You can purchase Mineral Fusion at www.mineralfusion.com

Freeze 24 7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream

Freeze 24/7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream ($95 USD) — Get high altitude for your neck with this luxuriously rich lifting cream that instantly hydrates, tightens and firms neck and chest area. ArcticLift™ smooths away imperfections and plumps up skin for a lifted, toned and youthful appearance. Formulated with Rejuvelle, a proprietary cactus pectin with amazing water binding properties, to immediately hydrate and fill sagging neck skin. Skin’s texture is perfected and strengthened, firmed and lifted.

What I think:  I have only been using this for about a week, but I love it!  With the first use, my skin felt firmer and every day I use it, my neck gets a little less saggy (the joys of aging)!  With regular use, this is so effective and a great product to have in my anti-aging arsenal!

Learn more and purchase at www.freeze247.com.

Vitaphenol Skincare Collection

Getting to the root of wrinkles through an innovative and proprietary combination of high-potency natural antioxidants and medically-directed compounds, the Vitaphenol skin care line targets discerning women who are looking to avoid invasive cosmetic procedures.

“While it’s true that most women don’t enjoy the aging process, the key is to take good care of skin. Exclusive, potent and powerful Vitaphenol appeals to women who understand the power of phenomenal skin and are willing to do something about it. It’s a premium top-of-the-line brand for the type of woman who is committed to aging with beauty and who demands exceptional skin care that actually works,” said Tricia Buenvenida, VP/Brand Director at SciDerma Medical, the specialty cosmeceutical and dermatology company which holds the exclusive U.S. sub-license for the Vitaphenol skin care collection.

The formulation was created by a world-renown dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon using a mix of scientifically-advanced compounds with naturally effective anti-aging remedies in each of the products. At the heart of all the products is the Vitaphenol Complexä, a unique blend of four naturally-derived AHAs: white and green tea extracts, mangosteen, and pomegranate. When combined, they rejuvenate and protect the skin.

The Vitaphenol skincare collection consists of seven products, ranging from $45 for the Ultra Daily Gentle Cleanser and Anti-Aging Toner to $195 for the Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum (CRS). Dermatologists have used CRS as the cornerstone of skincare for their patients. CRS features the recombinant growth factor, TGF-beta 1 (transforming growth factor), known to increase collagen synthesis, which restores the structural integrity of the skin and controls inflammation, and encourage elastin production for smooth, velvety skin.

CRS is supported by published clinical studies, with 58% of patients noticing an improvement in wrinkles, and 68% of patients noticing an improvement in skin texture after its use. The recommended Vitaphenol regimen consists of a using a 4-step/4-product system, and the product combinations differ according to dry, oily, normal, and acne-prone skin.

What I think: I have been testing the Ultra-Gentle Daily Cleanser ($45 USD), the Anti-Aging Toner ($45 USD), the Oil-Free Anti-Aging Serum ($95 USD), Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum ($195 USD) and the Daily Fortified Moisturizer ($95 USD).

I am loving this system.  Especially the very gentle cleanser, the oil free serum and the moisturizer.  They are all so gentle on my skin.  I have only used the Cellustructure serum a few times as it irritates my skin a bit.  But the rest of the products are effective anti-aging skincare that work so well with my skin.  All I really need to use is an SPF on top of the daily moisturizer and I am good to go!  I am seeing younger-looking skin with this system!

Learn more and purchase at www.vitaphenol.com.

EnjoyQ

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

NEW StriVectin-SD® for Sensitive Skin

NEW StriVectin-SD® for Sensitive Skin

Strangely enough, I find that as my skin ages, it becomes more sensitive. I was excited to try a new sensitive skin cream from StriVectin hoping that it would address some of my anti-aging concerns without making it red and uncomfortable. 

The product is called StriVectin-SD® for Sensitive Skin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles ($79.00 USD). A mouthful, I know, but a really great product. The claim is that it is, “is an anti-aging powerhouse, developed exclusively for sensitive skin. 100% of StriVectin’s collagen-building, wrinkle-reducing, anti-aging power. And none of the oils or fragrances that cause irritation and leave sensitive skin vulnerable to accelerated aging.”

This cream is for the 49% of women 25+ with sensitive skin who are battling the signs of aging. When using conventional products, they are prone to redness, dryness, flare-ups, burning and stinging. It includes the benefits of collagen building, wrinkle-reducing, anti-aging power with no oils or fragrances. Through NIA-114™, it strengthens skin’s protective layer so wrinkles diminish, tone evens and texture smoothes. Sensitive skin feels less sensitive.

StriVectin-SD® for Sensitive Skin is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, allergen-free, and artificial dye-free. This soothing formula contains Nia-114, active peptides, rose & cucumber extracts, and oat kernel extract to deliver powerful results in a gentle way.

What I think: The very first time I used this product, I noticed immediate smoothing and brightening of my skin. It was very surprising. So many face creams make my skin red at first, before the benefits kick in, so I am not used to such fast results.

I have now been using the cream twice a day for a few weeks and love using it. It hydrates my dry, winter skin leaving it feeling soft and nourished. My skin looks noticeably younger because of the glow and smoothness it imparts.

I highly recommend the StriVectin-SD® for Sensitive Skin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles for the face. I haven’t tried it on my stretch marks, but I bet it would help. You can purchase this at www.strivectin.com and www.sephora.com